After pre-orders earlier in the year, the Balenciaga x adidas collection is almost here.
What started as fantasy colorways designed by customizers or what some referred to as “fugazi,” collaborations between the upper echelon of high fashion and sportswear have become a reality. Brands like Louis Vuitton worked with Nike and Supreme while Gucci has teamed up with rivals of both brands, adidas and Palace, in which both luxury labels merged the aesthetic of each respective brand with their high-end price points and quality. The fashion world's most popular brand at the moment, Balenciaga, has decided to join Gucci in working with the German sportswear giant adidas.
Showcased at a fashion show held inside the New York Stock Exchange way back in May, Balenciaga initially offered parts of the collection through a pre-order on their website that included jackets, hoodies, socks, shoes, and more at a price point you’d expect from the luxury fashion house. Now, we’re set to get even more pieces that according to Balenciaga “recontextualizes elements of sportswear that have been a part of Balenciaga’s creative language.”
For footwear, we’ve already gotten looks at the “Destroyed” Stan Smith which, as its title states, is a worn-down pair of all-leather Stan Smiths that you’d find deep in your closet after years of wear. More elevated looks like the iconic dad shoe-inspired Triple S or sock-like Speed Trainer come with added adidas branding details, seen via the Three Stripes added to the Triple S and the Speed Trainer mimicking a standard pair of adidas socks.
For clothing, Balenciaga keeps things relatively simple both in terms of silhouette and design as an array of shirts, jackets, pants, and hoodies come in a variety of colors. Most pieces feature Three Stripes branding both in the literal sense and through a co-branded Trefoil & Balenciaga logo. Accessories to go along with the clothing include various handbags, hats with cut-out details, and even a set of golden earrings that take on the co-branded logo.
The entire Balenciaga x adidas Collection is set to drop on November 3rd, 2022 through Balenciaga online and in-store as well as a drop through the adidas Confirmed App. Sizing and pricing range on all the items with the Track Jacket coming in at nearly $2,400, so expect to bust open your wallet big time for these pieces. Check below for a preview featuring some of the items that will be available and keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest news, raffles, releases, and more in the sneaker and streetwear world.
Images via Balenciaga
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "Blue"
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "White Black"
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "White Red"
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "White Blue"
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "Black White"
Balenciaga x adidas Triple S "Pink White"